The Motet brings eclectic mix to jazz series
Spearheaded by drummer extraordinaire Dave Watts, The Motet continues its tradition as one of the most eclectic bands on the scene today. The Motet’s unique blend of Afro-beat, Afro-Cuban, Latin, funk and jazz traditions defies categorization.The Motet will play at the Glenwood Spring Summer of Jazz concert Wednesday, June 30, at 7 p.m. at Two Rivers Park.Drawing on the wealth of musical inspiration in the band’s hometown of Boulder, The Motet never fails to inspire fans and enthrall the crowd. The music is a grooving improvisation that awakens and stirs the soul.Throughout its history, the music of The Motet has explored an unparalleled depth of influences. The band has played Cuban folkloric music, frenzied samba rhythms and straight-ahead funk. The latest Motet material draws on Afro-beat, a genre inspired by the legendary Fela Kuti. These instrumental compositions encourage listeners to redefine the way they look at jazz and enhance The Motet’s reputation as a world-class ensemble.The Motet is a rare example of a band whose repertoire is entirely composed by its drummer. Watts attended the Berkeley College of Music before the inception of Shokra, a popular funk group that helped lay the groundwork for today’s jam band scene. He has performed with an extensive group of renowned musicians and is a founding member of both Skin and The Theory of Everything. Under Watts’ direction, The Motet has welcomed an impressive roster of outstanding musicians into its ranks throughout its history.There are two constants in the world of The Motet: evolving music and matchless musicianship. The group creates a fresh new sound by drawing on a rich variety of musical traditions. The band has paid tribute to its influences at its annual Halloween extravaganza, performing entire nights of the music of The Beatles, Herbie Hancock & The Headhunters, Stevie Wonder and Tower of Power.The constantly evolving sound of The Motet defies definition as the band takes the music to new levels with every performance. Whatever the occasion, wherever the gig, The Motet is winning the hearts, souls and dancing feet of fans all over the country.The constantly evolving sound of The Motet defies definition as the band takes the music to new levels with every performance. Whatever the occasion, wherever the gig, The Motet is winning the hearts, souls and dancing feet of fans all over the country.
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